Document ReferenceLa B 89
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Davigdor Road, Hove, Sussex to Louie Burrows; [ 29 Dec. 1910]
Date29 December 1910
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'Dear Little Ousel' and acknowledges receipt of her book and letters; discusses travel arrangements to visit her; refers to the subjects raised in her letters 'church,... Cornwall ... and whiskey'; has not yet received the Cornwall application forms but assumes that if he does secure a post there she will follow him; offers to help her find suitable accommodation in Gaddesby; mentions a preference for 'Scotch' whisky and hopes that her reforms do not mean that he will have to take a pledge of 'total abstinence'; believes that a bout of drinking is preferable to melancholy, and that he drinks when he has 'horrors'; assures her that he is free from any 'vicious habits'.

Recalls meeting the Smiths [Philip Frank Turner-Smith, his second wife Alice and their daughter Doris E. Smith], describing their outing to Rottingdean; looks forward to his visit the following week and promises to be on his best behaviour; plans to attend a Tchaïkowsky [Peter Ilitch Tchaïkowsky, 1840-1893, Russian composer] concert and admits how much he misses her; wishes that he could send her Renan's [Ernest Renan, 1823-1892, French philologist and historian] 'Canticle (Song of Solomon)'; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.

Letter is simply dated Thursday, but was presumably 29 Dec 1910, during the week Lawrence spent at Hove.
Termtravel, arrangements
food and drink, alcohol
religion, attitudes towards
employment, applications
music , Tchaïkowsky
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on a folded sheet of plain white paper, the text following the sequence: ff 1r, 2r, 1v, 2v; f 1r has a narrow black border; the dimensions are 177 x 114 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Related MaterialLa B 243/7/12; typed transcript of this letter made by Louie Burrows.
Related RecordLa/B/224-244/243
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1968) pp 76-78
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 217-19

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74608Smith; Philip Frank Turner- (1866-1961); Headmaster of Davidson Road School Croydon1866-1961
NA74633Smith; Alice (1883-1961); -; née Cox; second wife of Philip F. Turner-Smith1883-1961
NA74634Smith; Doris E. (1897-); daughter of Philip F. Turner-Smith1897-
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA366Burrows; Louisa (1888-1962); known as 'Louie'; married Frederick Heath 19411888-1962
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